Martyred Pakistani peacekeeper Naik Naeem Raza awarded UN medal
Pakistan reaffirms commitment to UN Peacekeeping OperationsOn May 10, Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in conflict zones around the world. Speaking in the UN Security Council’s open debate on training and capacity building for United Nations peacekeeping missions, Pakistani Ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi underscored the need for the UN to undertake political processes along with its peacekeeping efforts to attain durable peace and stability. She said Pakistan is one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping, with over five thousand troops serving in missions in hotspots around the world. Pakistan, she said, is also host to one of the earliest peacekeeping missions, namely the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which monitors the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region.
Pakistan achieves goal of female deployment in UN Peacekeeping MissionsMinistry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said on Tuesday that Pakistan is proud to have achieved the goal of deployment of 15 per cent female staff officers in UN Peacekeeping Missions, thereby meeting the benchmark set by the UN. He expressed these views in his tweet today. “Pakistan is proud to have achieved the goal of deployment of 15 percent female staff officers in UN Peacekeeping Missions, thereby meeting the benchmark set by the UN” FO spokesperson tweeted.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi said that the Islamabad has enhanced the participation of women in UN peacekeeping operations. Speaking at the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Lodhi, said that, “Pakistan is proud to have achieved the goal of deployment of 15 per cent female staff officers in its missions”. Lodhi was referring to the fact that in less than 18 months, Pakistan has gone from zero participation of female military staff officers in peacekeeping operations to the UN prescribed benchmark of 15 per cent, the statement added. Based on the Security Council’s call in 2015 to double its female deployment in the uniform component, the UN’s Office of Military Affairs set the target of deploying 15 per cent female military and staff officers in peacekeeping missions by December 2018. The Pakistani envoy further informed the UN Committee that Pakistan was deploying an engagement team consisting of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2019.
Pakistan is proud to have achieved the goal of deployment of 15 percent female staff officers in UN Peacekeeping Missions, thereby meeting the benchmark set by the UN— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) February 12, 2019